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Reminder: new anaphylaxis management requirements now in effect for schools

The requirements of Ministerial Order 706: Anaphylaxis Management in Victorian Schools are now in effect in Victorian schools. Anaphylaxis is a severe and sudden allergic reaction when a person is exposed to an allergen.

Ministerial Order 706 replaces Ministerial Order 90, and includes requirements that registered schools must meet if the school has enrolled a student where the school knows, or ought reasonably to know, that the student has been diagnosed as being at risk of anaphylaxis.

These requirements include having an anaphylaxis management policy covering matters described in Ministerial Order 706, and complying with the Anaphylaxis Guidelines, as developed by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD).

Registered schools must meet these requirements as a condition of their registration.

The VRQA has requested that all independent schools complete a statutory declaration regarding their compliance with Ministerial Order 706 and return it to the VRQA by 16 May 2014.

For more information see: Anaphylaxis Management.